From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Summary:
If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.
After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.
But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.
Including Ivan Lukov.

Review:
From Lukov with Love follows Jasmine, an older ice skater with dreams of winning medals someday. She’s starting to feel like it might finally be time to give up, when she gets an offer from her arch nemesis and his manager.
The two begin to work together and they develop an odd sort of friendship. I loved seeing their friendship grow. Their snippy banter with one another didn’t change once they became more than friends and I really appreciated that. Often when things get romantic the relationship changes and that didn’t happen in this book and I really liked that.
I especially liked Jasmine’s family. Her mom and her sibling were an absolute riot and II would read a book just about them without the romance.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s one I will be highly recommending in the future. The only complaint that I had was that Ivan often made comments about Jasmine’s weight and I feel like that was never really addressed even though they touched on so many other subjects when becoming friends. I still liked the book and the romance.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I’m also reading Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur.

Antonia- I’m currently reading King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and Network Effect by Martha Wells.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers.

Antonia- I most recently read Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I think next I’ll pick up The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

Share your answers to the three w’s in the comments below!

How Do You Decide Which Books Are Favorite Books?

Hello, lovelies! I am here today with another story time.

I was making a reel for my bookstagram the other day and I found an audio that said to share a photo of yourself and then ten of your favorite books with some music. I started pulling books off my shelves and soon had more than ten books for this quick reel I was trying to make.

So, I said to myself, “I love these books, but are they all really favorites?”

This has gotten me thinking, and now I’ve been thinking about it for days. What exactly is my criteria for a favorite book? I want to share what I’ve come up with because I just haven’t been able to get it off my mind.

Potential to Reread

I think this is the first and most important determining factor of whether a book can really be considered my favorite book. If I read it, loved it, and gave it 5 stars, that’s fine. But if I’m not ever going to reread it, it hasn’t earned it’s place on my list of favorite books. I will share some examples with you so you can see what kinds of books have made this part of the list.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Cheating a little, but I reread this book almost every year because it’s one of my all time favorites.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I’ve reread this book each time a new installment in the series has come out.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
This is an almost example because I’ve only read it once, but I think about rereading it almost every time it’s time to pick a new book to read.

Recommendations

When I put together a stack of my favorite books, I usually find books that I recommend over and over again. They are books that I talk about often and loudly.

For a book to make it onto my favorites needs to be one that I want to yell about! Now, some of my favorite books might not fit more specific recommendations, which is alright.

Anyway, I want my favorite books to be books that I want to share and endorse to other readers.

If it leaves a lasting impression

I have a few books that I consider favorites even though I’ve only read them once. These books make my list because I just can’t stop thinking about them. If I read a book and I’m still thinking about it months later, it definitely has the potential to be a favorite of mine.

What do you consider when thinking about your favorite books?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June 2022 Book Haul

Hi, lovelies! I’m sure you’re thinking, “Really, Amanda? A book haul? Aren’t you moving in like a month? Well, yes. Yes, I am. So, most of these I’ve made sure to read right away or they are books I bought and have already read.

New Books I’ve Read

For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Nightwork by Nora Roberts

New to my TBR

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathers
Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey
The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe
The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe

Did you buy any books last month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis

Summary:
Tress Montor murdered Felicity Turnado—but she might not have to live with the guilt for long. With an infected arm held together by duct tape, the panther who clawed her open on the loose, and the whole town on the hunt for the lost homecoming queen, the odds are stacked against Tress. As her mind slides deeper into delirium, Tress is haunted by the growing sound of Felicity’s heartbeat pulsing from the “best friend” charm around her fevered neck.
Ribbit Usher has been a punchline his whole life—from his nickname to his latest turn as the unwitting star of a humiliating viral video. In the past he’s willingly played the fool, but now it’s time to fulfill his destiny. That means saving the girl, so that Felicity can take her place at his side and Ribbit can exact revenge on all who have done him wrong—which includes his cousin, Tress. Ribbit is held by a pact he made with his mother long ago, a pact that must be delivered upon in four days.
With time ticking down and an enemy she considers a friend lurking in the shadows, Tress’s grip on reality is failing. Can she keep both mind and body together long enough to finally find out what happened to her parents? 

Review:
The Last Laugh picks up right where The Initial Insult ends, but honestly this book felt like it didn’t need to be a whole book.
Things are not looking good for Tress when this story opens. But this book felt like it was essentially following Tress into madness. Maybe that was the point, but it wasn’t super enjoyable for me.
Overall, I’m going to keep this review short because I don’t have much to say. McGinnis does a great job setting the scene and making this story feel atmospheric. But I was left wondering what the point was if Felicity’s death was the big thing, it happened too soon.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently rereading my physical copy of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I’m reading The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’m listening to The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams.

Antonia- I’m currently reading King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- The last book that I finished was Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe.

Antonia- I most recently read Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- After Furyborn, I have one book left from my TBR Jar picks. So, that’s probably what I’ll read before mood reading until my birthday reading challenge.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022.

July 12 
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

July 26 
The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

August 23 
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

September 1 
The Lords of Night by J.C. Cervantes

September 6
Shades of Rust and Ruin by A.G. Howard

October 11 
Ithaca by Claire North

October 11 
The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal

October 13 
The River of Silver: Tales from the Deavabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

November 1 
The Vermilion Emporium by Jamie Pacton

November 22 
The Choice by Nora Roberts

What books are you looking forward to in the second half of 2022?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases 2022

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books I’m anticipating in the second half of 2022.

July 12 
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

August 2 
Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin

August 30 
The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

September 1 
The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart

October 4
The Last Hope in Hopetown by Maria Tureaud

November 1 
Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare

November 22 
The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke

November 22 
The Choice by Nora Roberts

November 29 
A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Ernshaw

December 6 
Lightbringer by Pierce Brown

What books did you have on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: Physical TBR

Hey, lovelies! I’m back with another traveling library post. I’ve been absolutely devouring books lately. Part of that is a renewed attempt to read as much of my physical tbr as I can before we move. Another part of that is that I’ve been rereading some favorites, so I’m flying through my rereads. Let’s talk about what I’m going to read instead of what I have been reading.

So, I’m currently rereading The Emperium Trilogy by Claire Legrand. I am buddy reading Furyborn with Books in the Skye this month and then I’m continuing the series.

From my physical tbr, I have a few books I want to make a priority to read before everything gets packed up. Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May, and The Lost World by Michael Crichton are a few that I have my eye on to pack with me if I don’t read them before I leave.

I know I said this was a physical tbr but, I also have my NetGalley arc’s that I need to read as well. I’m not going to look at the publication date for any of these while I’m on my road trip. I’m just going to read whichever books I’m in the mood for. A few approvals that I have and am eager to get to are Built to Last by Erin Hahn, Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner, and Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young.

I’m going to leave myself enough options to have a variety to choose from, but not so many options that I don’t know which book to pick. I think because I have two or three for each format that I read, I’ll be all set. These books are in addition to whatever mmy monthly tbr books will be in August. I obviously haven’t picked those yet, so some of these might make it on there, but I’ll probably have more books to bring.

Do you plan out books to read ahead of time when you’re going on a trip?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s July TBR Jar Picks

Hello, lovelies! Another month down and we’ve reached July. My life is about to explode into chaos, so I’m making this post because it’s free content. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to read anything at all this month. But if/when I want to read, I can use this post as a guideline.

New Release
Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe
I love Jurassic Park and I’ve loved all of Sharpe’s books I’ve read, so I think I’ll love this.

Adult
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
I bought this for myself as a treat for Mother’s Day and a book where there’s a historical event where a mass of women turn into dragons? Yes, I would like that.

1st in a Series
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I wanted to read this at the end of last month but it didn’t happen. So, I’m determined to read it this month.

Standalone
The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh
This was an impulse buy romance. Romances have been easy for me to read lately, so this is here to make my tbr easier.

Young Adult
The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe
I recently learned that Sharpe has written IP for Jurassic Park, so obviously I had to buy it. I want to read it asap and binge the movies before I eventually see the newest movie. I also want to read it before I read Sharpe’s newest Jurassic Park book (which is middle grade and on my tbr above).

And, of course, I’ll share my upcoming NetGalley reads as well. There’s a lot because I’ve fallen a few books behind, but I’m doing the best that I can.

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows
For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa

What are you reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

For the Throne by Hannah Whitten

Summary:
The First Daughter is for the Throne
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf…

Red and the Wolf have finally contained the threat of the Old Kings but at a steep cost. Red’s beloved sister Neve, the First Daughter is lost in the Shadowlands, an inverted kingdom where the vicious gods of legend have been trapped for centuries and the Old Kings have slowly been gaining control. But Neve has an ally–though it’s one she’d rather never have to speak to again–the rogue king Solmir.
Solmir wants to bring an end to the Shadowlands and he believes helping Neve may be the key to its destruction. But to do that, they will both have to journey across a dangerous landscape in order to find a mysterious Heart Tree, and finally to claim the gods’ dark, twisted powers for themselves.

Review:
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. For the Wolf was one of my top favorite books last year, so I immediately requested this sequel when it came up on NetGalley. Yes, I absolutely screamed a little when I got the approval email.
For the Throne was everything I wanted it to be and more. We follow the same characters from the first book and more. There wasn’t a strict pattern of POV changes that I noticed. Each character made an appearance as it made sense for the story. The story starts off shortly after the events in the final pages for For The Wolf. All of our characters end up going on a journey, which eventually all leads them together.
The sisters, Neve and Redarys. I love them even more after I finished this book. There was such beauty to their relationship but it was a monstrous sort of love at times. I only wish we’d gotten more time of them together.
Red and Eammon are now one of my all-time favorite couples after this book. There were a few really excellent sex scenes for them and I just love their love.
Neve and Solmir going from enemies to lovers were excellent. I don’t usually like this trope. But I really loved seeing Neve start to feel bad for Solmir as she got to know him. We love monster men over here. Solmir was definitely not a super great guy, but I loved the way his story played out. Neve was a character I was rather excited to follow. Neve is at fault for basically everything that happened at the climax of the first book. So, I was very interested to see her deal with the emotions and consequences of that. I think Whitten did an excellent job making me love these people that have done some pretty horrible things. And oh man, I really love them all.
Overall, this series will hold a special place in my heart. I will reread these books again and again. I feel invested in these characters in a way that I found in a book for a long time. I hope this review doesn’t sound like nonsense and if it does, just know that I loved this book and the first one. Please go read them both.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon physically. I’m listening to Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez and I’m reading the eBook for The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished rereading Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

Antonia- I most recently read Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I don’t know that I’ll pick up anything else this month. Stay tuned for my July TBR.

Antonia- Next I’ll read King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Summer 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books on my TBR for this summer of 2022.

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe

I’m hoping some of these books bring me the vibe I’m trying to have this summer. What books are on your summer tbr?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June & Clear Ur Sht Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! The end of another month means another post where I share the books that I’ve read. June was a pretty good month for me. I tried to focus on my Clear Ur Set Readathon TBR but was often distracted. I did mostly read books I own or NetGalley arcs though. I know the month isn’t over yet, but I have to stick to my posting schedule.

Physical Books
Book Lovers by Emily Henry – 4.5 stars
The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody – 4.5 stars
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur – 3.5 stars
Nightwork by Nora Roberts – 4 stars
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston – 4.5 stars
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting – 3.75 stars
Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting – 3.75 stars
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – 4.5 stars
Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond – 3 stars
My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey – 2 stars

eBooks
Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper – 4 stars
Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler – 4 stars
Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White – 3.5 stars
Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire – 4.5 stars
January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky – 3 stars
Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg – 3 stars
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher – 3 stars
Can’t Resist Her by Kianna Alexander – 3 stars
An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco – 3.5 stars

Audiobooks
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars
The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey – 3 stars
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – 3 stars
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan – 3.75 stars
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3 stars
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3 stars

Clear Ur Sht Readathon Wrap Up

Walkman // a book you’ve been avoiding the longest
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
I dnf’d this, but according to Narrator dnf’s count. Heck yeah.

Breakfast Club // read a book with food themes or items
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Love & Food edited by Elsie Chapman
I also dnf’d this one.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun // read a book with multiple POVs
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
We love a reread and I had a great time rereading this one.

NES // read a sci-fi, or a book with technology in it
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I, sadly, dnf’d this. I really loved the first book last year, but I didn’t love it as much upon rereading and this book just wasn’t holding my attention. I made it a little over halfway before I put it down for something else.

Polaroids // read a book with characters on the cover
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
I reread via the audiobook. It took me forever and I don’t think I enjoyed it as much this time around.

Care Bears // read a comforting book
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Read this outside in the sunshine and it was lovely. 10 out of 10, would recommend it.

Manic Monday // read a book you can finish over the weekend to avoid a manic Monday
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
I also dnf’d this one.

Rainbow Brite // read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
I got to read this at the beach! I mostly liked it, just didn’t love the bad first date as the main couple’s introduction.

I want to add down here at the end of this post that I dnf’d quite a few books. You can see the three that I said above for Clear Ur Sht, but I also dnf’d several others from my physical tbr and my NetGalley tbr. My impending move is looming and I’m trying to read as much of my physical tbr as I can.

What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #7

Hi, lovelies! I’m back with another NetGalley shelf update. I’ve read some good ones and some not-so-good ones. Let me know if you’ve read any of these!

As I always do with these posts, I’m going to share my NetGalley statistics for transparencies sake. Mostly because this looks like a large number of books, but I read them all and my numbers show that. I have 234 approved with feedback sent for 204 books. This gives me a feedback ratio of 87%, which I’m pretty proud of.

Approvals I’ve Read

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim
Publication date: March 22, 2022
I really enjoyed this one. It was a lot darker than I was anticipating. I loved all the characters that we followed. Their development was compelling and the story was engaging.

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller
Publication date: March 22, 2022
I think I might not be smart enough for this story. I still had so many questions when I finished and now I remember nothing.

Always Jane by Jenn Bennett
Publication date: March 29, 2022
I very surprisingly DNF’d this book. I read about 25% and had no clue what was going on. So I restarted and then DNF’d at 10%. I couldn’t stand the main character’s boyfriend.

The Button Box by Bridget Hodder, Fawzia Gilani-Williams, & Harshad Marathe (Illustrator)
Publication date: April 1, 2022
I thought this was middle grade, but it’s more like a chapter book. I liked it. I thought it was a cute time travel fantasy that follows diverse characters.

In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power
Publication date: April 5, 2022
I DNF’d this around 15%. I think Power’s books might just not be for me.

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead
Publication date: April 5, 2022
This is a second chance romance (one of my favorite tropes) with a hot mess main character and the ex that she cheated on. I loved the main character, Lee. She’s a hot mess in the best kinds of ways. This book had me laughing out loud quite a few times while reading.

To Marry and To Meddle by Martha Waters
Publication date: April 5, 2022
This is my favorite book in the series so far. I laughed out loud so many times and just really had fun reading this one.

Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu
Publication date: April 5, 2022
I liked the first book in this series, but I just didn’t care about this one. I read about 30% of the eARC and then found the audiobook from my library after the book’s release. I DNF’d at 84% and when I still didn’t care while the big reveals were going on I wasn’t going to listen to another two hours.

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders
Publication date: April 5, 2022
I sadly DNF’d this one. I read 8% of the eARC and then restarted the story via the audiobook from my library. I just had no idea what was going on.

Very Bad People by Kit Frick
Publication date: April 5, 2022
I already remember little to nothing about this book. So, that’s not a good sign. What I do remember is not really liking the main character. This one just wasn’t for me.

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum
Publication date: April 12, 2022
I didn’t love this, but I didn’t hate it. It was an enjoyable and fun YA contemporary. I liked the main character. There were some moments that made me smile. But I don’t think it’s one that will stick with me.

Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
Publication date: April 19, 2022
This was too slow for my liking. I ended up listening to the finished audiobook. I felt like the suspense and build-up were lacking and I didn’t like the twist at the end.

The Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee
Publication date: April 30, 2022
This felt weirdly unrelated to the rest of the books. I didn’t really like the main character very much.

An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco
Publication date: May 3, 2022
I had a good time reading this book but it’s not a series that I think I will want to reread again and again. I do think there were some things at the ending that maybe hinted at another installment of this series which I would read. This book is diverse and full of action.

Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
Publication date: May 3, 2022
I really enjoyed this book. I think I liked Middlegame a bit more, but only because it was a total mindfuck. I still really enjoyed this one. The seasonal magic was interesting to learn about and I really liked the two main characters.

Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin
Publication date: May 24, 2022
I think this author nailed the horror aspects of this book. Definitely do not read this if you have any sort of issues with bugs. And while I liked the summer camp setting, I really wish the plot had gone a different way.

Hide by Kiersten White
Publication date: May 24, 2022
This is White’s adult debut and I’m incredibly sad to say that I didn’t love this book. I loved the first half, but then things got a little too fantastical for me. I wanted to love it but there were too many character points of view and I didn’t like the way things were wrapped up.

Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper
Publication date: May 31, 2022
This was the most wholesome and heartwarming book I’ve read in a long time. A young gay boy comes out to his parents and they try to plan a pride parade so that he feels loved and welcomed in the small town he lives in and loves.

Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
Publication date: June 7, 2022
I had a good time reading this one. I liked that the siblings could depend on one another. But they were also distinct and I really liked getting to know them all. I love a good sibling story and this one definitely covered that aspect. I also think White did a great job making it obvious that something was wrong at the park. The setting was weird and creepy, unsettling more than anything really scary. I thought she did well with that part of this book.

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler 
Publication date: June 7, 2022
I really enjoyed this book. I’m not a huge football fan, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment. I really liked that this wasn’t a sad story about the two main characters dealing with homophobia, but it also wasn’t a totally happy story. It had the realities that queer teens face all over the world, but it was also filled with joy and love.

January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky
Publication date: June 14, 2022
I don’t usually read novellas but I love science fiction. This was an odd book in the sense that I didn’t expect it to be so sad. I should have expected it since most near-future sci-fi’s are sad. I still liked it. It was a good story and the format was creative. I can’t say that I had a good time reading it because it wasn’t a happy story. But I would recommend it in specific genre lists.

Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg
Publication date: June 14, 2022
I know everyone is calling this a self-insert Outlander story, but I thought it was pretty different from the Outlander books. There was a lot more magic. It wasn’t anything that blew me away but I had fun while I was reading it. The characters were a bit predictable and surface-level, but sometimes that’s fun.

Beneath the Starlit Sea by Nicole Bea
Publication date: June 14, 2022
Dnf’d @ 33% She fell in insta-love with her captor. Sorry, the writing is really beautiful but I’m not here for it.

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
Publication date: June 14, 2022
I really enjoyed this one. I loved seeing Zinnia again. I loved the romance. I loved all of it. I just wanted more.

What Moves the Dark by T. Kingfisher
Publication date: July 12, 2022
I think this was a good and creepy read. It’s quick and atmospheric and gave me the creepy crawlies a little bit. There was a little bit of gore when the character cut open a hare, but nothing worse than that.

Helltown by Casey Sherman
Publication date: July 12, 2022
I dnf’d at 8%. The book was incredibly graphic with describing the murders. No thank you.

Can’t Resist Her by Kianna Alexander
Publication date: July 19, 2022
This is a sapphic romance. I really liked the two main characters. They had vibrant and bold personalities. Their attraction to one another was believable. I love second-chance romances, and this one was a good one. I really liked how the story concluded.

I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers
Publication date: September 13, 2022
I was incredibly confused this entire book. I’m sorry but I don’t think this ever delivered on what it was trying to do.

Approvals on my TBR

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
Publication date: May 17, 2022
I’ve seen this cover all over Twitter. So, I couldn’t help myself when I requested this one. But it sounds pretty good.

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows
Publication date: July 26, 2022
The synopsis sounds right up my alley. But also, this cover is stunning and I couldn’t help myself.

For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa
Publication date: July 26, 2022
I just couldn’t say no to the pun in the title. I’ve seen some friends on Twitter enjoy this one.

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon
Publication date: August 2, 2022
I liked the first two in this series. So, I’m excited to be approved for the third.

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin
Publication date: August 9, 2022
I really loved Night Swim by this author. So, I thought I’d request her new release to see if I like more of her work.

Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie
Publication date: August 23, 2022
This thriller sounds super good.

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
Publication date: September 13, 2022
Chupeco is an auto-buy author for me. I hit that request button so fast.

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Publication date: September 27, 2022
I am beyond excited for Young’s adult debut. A spooky magical island? Yes, please.

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
Publication date: October 4, 2022
Hogle has become an auto-buy author for me. So, I absolutely requested this holiday romance when I saw it.

Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner
Publication date: October 11, 2022
A queer rom-com where the main character hooks up with her best friend’s mom. How was I supposed to say no to that?

Built to Last by Erin Hahn
Publication date: October 18, 2022
I’ve liked some of Hahn’s YA romance, so I’m excited to try her adult romance debut.

The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang
Publication date: November 15, 2022
This was a cover request for me. The cover is stunning and then I read that it was about people with magical abilities and that is right up my alley.

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
Publication date: December 6, 2022
A book where the main character goes on a reality dating show and falls in love with one of the fellow contestants? Yes fucking please.

What books are on your tbr?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.